Walmart Provides Worthless Response to Inquiries About Employee Who Reportedly Refused to Sell Jared Loughner Ammo

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​Following several attempts to get more information about a Walmart employee who reportedly refused to sell Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner ammunition on the morning of Saturday's deadly shooting rampage, the retail giant has finally dignified us with a response -- and it's worthless.

As the story goes, Loughner bought ammunition used in the massacre at a local Walmart hours before the shooting. That, reportdly, was only after an employee at a different Walmart refused to sell the madman bullets.

Initial reports claimed that Loughner tried to buy ammunition from a Tucson Walmart. The salesman, it's been reported, lied to Loughner, telling him he didn't have the ammunition he was requesting. The reports claimed there was something about Loughner that -- not in so many words -- freaked out the salesman.

We want to know what about Loughner was so off-putting that Walmart refused to sell him ammo -- but Walmart won't discuss it.

Since Monday, we've sent Walmart two e-mails and placed several calls to its Arkansas headquarters. Yesterday, we were finally dignified with the following worthless response:

Mr. King.

Received your request for information. With an ongoing law enforcement investigation, any additional comment beyond what we've already provided would be best served coming from law enforcement. Below is the statement we issued to the media earlier this week.

"This is a horrific tragedy. We share in the sadness for those people whose lives were ended too soon and we're praying for the recovery of those who were injured. We are cooperating with federal and local law enforcement agencies and remain in close contact with them. In fact, we actually reached out to the authorities after an associate recognized a picture of Mr. Loughner on t.v. as being someone they had seen in one of our stores. We stand ready to provide any information or video surveillance footage we may have to investigators that can help them as they work to determine all of the facts."

Thank you.

Dan Fogleman, Walmart Spokesperson

Thanks for literally nothin', Walmart.

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wenger giant knife
wenger giant knife

Unusual case, well what happened to that case investigation? Probably there is a personal matter in this that ended up having no sale to the second party. Keep updating this post.

wenger giant knife
wenger giant knife

Everyone should be responsible for their customers. Thanks for all the posts and comments in here.

Lee HAMC Phoenix
Lee HAMC Phoenix

This is for James King.....as usual there are are bunch of punk ass posers posting comments here pretending to be Hells Angels. One of these candy-ass punks is pretending to be me. Ordinarily I wouldn't give a rat's ass who these idiots pretend they are, but it appears that you responded to the bitch pretending to be me. But I'm not even sure if the reponses with your name are actually you. In any case, you and I both know that you have, in fact, tried to contact me on a few occasions. And we both know that with the exception of one time, I have not responded. I have never invited you to our clubhouse, I've never made veiled threats, and I've never had someone respond on my behalf. With that in mind, if you still want to talk to me, call my office. You have the number. I will leave instructions on how you can reach me if I'm not there during normal business hours.

Jack Swift
Jack Swift

Like I say, shove it loud mouth! But who's idiot enough to walk into the Hell's Angel's den. If i do, i'll bring cops with me. Hide your dope, retard.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

Like I said above, cowards all the way.

Rat
Rat

FTW FUCK THE WORLD TO! FTW/

Rat
Rat

fuck the media!

Keneesha Jungle Bunny
Keneesha Jungle Bunny

WALLMART DOES NOT SUCK! i am no longer on food stamps or welfare because of wallmarts job offer to me.

Saneguyinthenuthouse
Saneguyinthenuthouse

It's great Walmart will go above and beyond most other employers and give someone with a skill set such as yourself a job; it's good to hear you're no longer sucking off the tit of social welfare programs we all contribute money to.. I'm guessing you're in the shoe dept.

Rat
Rat

KMART IS COOL!

Jack Swift
Jack Swift

Lee Cole, what a 'tard! Somebody will kick *your* ass one day, Lee. Shut your hole!

Lee Cole 81
Lee Cole 81

JACK SWIFT, stop by and kick my ass soon i need the work out, my address is 147 west Mojave st phoenix Arizona. knock of the door ask for me. LEE COLE HELLS ANGELS PHOENIX ARIZONA. so far nobody has ever showed up that we invite over so that tells me there is alot of pussies out there that cant back up their cyber redneck rants.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

Haven't you figured it out yet Lee? These cyber-redneck regressives are all cowards.

guest#9
guest#9

Lee, Lee, Lee, now come on, get it right;Nobody shows up that you invite? You invited me to your clubhouse, I knocked, and no answer. I have done this many times. Just attempting to collect the money that you owe me. I remember the days before you owed me money, the door never went unanswered. So, who are the pussies?

Wwblongobardi
Wwblongobardi

Jim king for president. ~will bardi

Rat
Rat

or jew boy of the desert.

PADDY
PADDY

hey James King you genius why not just go to that certain wallmart in Tucson and go to the part that sells the guns or ammo and ask or talk to who ever is there at the counter? go to the source dude. fuck those hillbilly's in Arkansas they cant tell you shit. go to the wallmart store in question if you want real answers. are you an idiot or what?

James King
James King

Tried that. Was referred to the "hillbillies in Arkansas."

Angel Martian
Angel Martian

your telling me you james king drove all the way to the wallmart in Tucson and walked in to the guns and ammo sports dept? that sounds made up. i think all you really did at the most was to possibly call the Tucson wallmart from your yuppie cubical phone down at your crappy low pay white trash job at hack central new times. lol you didnt drive anywhere. dont lie its a sin. you cant con a con.

James King
James King

No, let me rephrase that. I called the Walmart on the phone and asked for a comment. I was referred to the "hillbillies in Arkansas." It was not my intention to be misleading.

Kinfolk
Kinfolk

you should have told them you were kinfolk from back in butcher holler Arkansas then they would have talked to you. don't you know mountain folk dont talk to outsiders or city slickers?

Rat
Rat

YOU LIED AGAIN. you did not go to the Tucson Wallmart to the guns and ammo dept ever. you lied again!

WALLY
WALLY

I was that Wallmart employee and i will not give any interviews on this subject. that means you James King and New Times. dont bother me anymore please.

The Unhinged One
The Unhinged One

it coulda been his bad 3 day old sour Meth breath that would have scared me to know he was full of evil and Satan and not sell him ammo.

James King
James King

It was his eyes, wasn't it? If you are in fact the employee who refused sale to this guy, I applaud your use of discretion and common sense.

WALLY
WALLY

i dont know about his eyes, i am a blind wallmart worker. are you suggesting we dont sell ammo to those people who,s eyes we may not like?

JUGHEAD
JUGHEAD

I heard he the bad guy killer had Tombstones in his eyes like in that song by Steppenwolf. the Pusher. maybe the Wallmart worker was a Telepath Mind reader?

PADDY
PADDY

Wallmart hires only the most well kept smartest brightest most intelligent workers and people on earth!

Loosecannonsblueband
Loosecannonsblueband

Well I would like to know that too, but I'm guessing that the employee is going to be a key prosecution witness, one that will show intent - as in: "I need the ammo to kill Gabriel Giffords" type intent.

Why not try some investigative reporting like go to the store and ask to buy some ammo using various sorts of pretenses and see what policies they have in action.

James King
James King

Not a bad idea. Will give it a shot over the weekend.

Rat
Rat

you said you already went there to wallmart in another comment below, now your saying you might do that in this comment. so which one is it James? your a double talker and i guess you think nobody is listening or reading your lies. well i am. you can fool the rest the sheeple out there but you cant fool me.

James King
James King

I absolutely did call you, Lee. It's my understanding you're out of town working on a court case? I got the following email in response to a phone message I left from a man named John with the email address jboltss@********:

"Mr.King, my name is john and i am a proud member of the HAMC Phoenix charter could you please get back to me with some info on these lunatics...Lee is in court all week with the firm he works for... Myself and a few others will make the trip south to the funeral to pay our respects to the family and Christina Greene...If these people are there and attempt to disrupt the funeral in anyway by encroaching on the space of the family and friends of Christine would be a mistake on there part....please contact me before any reference to my club is made public."

Sorry, "Rat," I'm a lot of things. A liar is not one of them.

roger
roger

rat you're an idiot. did you complete 3rd grade?

LEE COLE 81
LEE COLE 81

give it a SHOT? thats a good one James. a shot to the head? a shot threw the heart? what kind of SHOT? Gunshot? its kinda sad you dont have better things to do over the weekend. stop by the Hells Angels clubhouse at 147 west Mojave st in south Phoenix. we invited you to come visit us over a year ago and you never show up. by the way quit writing shit about us that you know nothing about. LEE COLE, HELLS ANGELS PHOENIX CHARTER ARIZONA.

James King
James King

I absolutely did call you, Lee. It's my understanding you're out of town working on a court case? I got the following email in response to a phone message I left from a man named John with the email address jboltss@********:

"Mr.King, my name is john and i am a proud member of the HAMC Phoenix charter could you please get back to me with some info on these lunatics...Lee is in court all week with the firm he works for... Myself and a few others will make the trip south to the funeral to pay our respects to the family and Christina Greene...If these people are there and attempt to disrupt the funeral in anyway by encroaching on the space of the family and friends of Christine would be a mistake on there part....please contact me before any reference to my club is made public."

Sorry, "Rat," I'm a lot of things. A liar is not one of them.

LEE COLE 81
LEE COLE 81

James King from New Times has never ever called me ever. got it? i dont lie either. LEE COLE HELLS ANGELS PHOENIX CHARTER ARIZONA.

Rat
Rat

HAMMER COLLECTION? i think he meant BIG GIANT KNIFE COLLECTION NOT HAMMERS. HAMMERS ARE BLACK DUDES MAN. Hells Angels dont collect niggers. JAMES KNG YOUR A FUCKING PUSSY ANYWAY. HELLS ANGELS DONT GO AROUND BEATING PEOPLE UP JUST LIKE THAT. you an ignorant yuppie sheeple idiot who is full of pussy ass shit. you got know balls or any real manhood in you. its a good thing your not in our military. you simply a cop out pussy who makes up shit.

James King
James King

Well hello, Mr. Cole. I called you the other day. It should be noted that I declined your invitation because I was told -- although not by you -- that if I went I would be introduced to a member's "hammer collection." You're welcome to come chat with me at my office anytime. FYI: I am not the "Jim" who made the earlier comment. Give me a call -- I want to ask you about something else I might be working on.

Rob
Rob

Walmart has policies - not unlike or different than many, many other companies - that strictly prohibit Store Level employees from speaking to the media. Up to and including Store Directors and Market (District) Managers.

That said, in my brief career with them as a Store Director, on the occasions when I did need to get ahold of Pubic Relations, I found getting replies to be a tedious exercise.

Loosecannonsbluesband
Loosecannonsbluesband

You do understand that the employee who interacted with the shooter will be a witness in the trial?

You know what happens if Walmart gives you unfettered access to this statements of the employee given to management and/or law enforcement? That testimony would "taint" the jury pool should it appear in the media and possibly be excluded from the trial.

There are about 10 different legal reasons not to release specific information to the media. In addition, this information would appear to be meaningless to the public's understanding of the issues involved.

Now, I don't like that Walmart receives a huge amount of government subsidies which creaes an unfair and anti-competitive business environment for local businesses in which to compete but to complain about the management's cooperation with local law enforcement, KNOWING that your publication of whatever statement a potential witness may have made would prejudice the case against Loughner is very strange indeed.

Are you just trying to get a rise out of people or do you hate Walmart as much as I do.

James King
James King

I understand the guy will probably be a witness, but so will a lot of people who have already spoken with the media. I don't understand why Walmart is hiding this guy who, in my opinion, made the right move by not selling Loughner ammo. I want to know what Loughner did to get the Walmart employee to make that decision, that's all.

Jim
Jim

it was a member of the Hells Angels Tucson chapter that was the Wallmart salesman who turned this guy down. the Wallmart salesmans last name is Wright he is an Indian guy about 40+ years old.

Charles Ward
Charles Ward

Remember, it was some random Wal-Mart employee, not Wal-Mart, Inc. that refused to make that initial sale. Perhaps it's worth a little digging. Said employee has probably been ordered on threat of losing his/her job not to discuss the matter, though. That would be consistent with Wal-Mart's style of human relations.

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